NEW DELHI, April 10 - The Union home ministry has sought views of State governments on the 21-day lockdown including whether more categories of people and services need to be exempted, officials said on Friday, amidst indications of a possible two-week extension of the restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.
In its communication, the home ministry informed the State governments and Union Territory administrations about the steps taken by the Centre for the strict implementation of the lockdown, announced on March 24.
It also conveyed them about the people and services exempted from the purview of the lockdown.
The home ministry asked the State governments and UT administrations to inform it about different aspects of the lockdown and whether there are necessities to give exemptions to some more categories of people and services from the restrictions, a home ministry official said.
A few State governments, including Bihar, wrote back to the home ministry.
Among the suggestions of the State governments include allowing construction-related activities in rural areas.
The Central government, while imposing the lockdown, had announced that shops dealing in essential commodities, including the online platforms, will remain open, besides services like health, sanitation, police, media and bank.
The home ministry had also asked States and Union Territories to ensure smooth harvesting and sowing operations, saying agricultural activities were exempted from the lockdown.
It also allowed opening of shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts, highway truck repair shops, preferably in petrol pumps, tea industry, including plantation with maximum of 50 per cent workers, during the lockdown period. � PTI